Monday, February 28, 2011

Massimo Ranzani

Holy Mother, pray for
Massimo
Italian Lieutenant Massimo Ranzani, age 37, was killed in Afghanistan on February 28, 2011, following a Taliban attack with an explosive device against an Italian army patrol.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Massimo Ranzani is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen






Andrew C. Wilfahrt

Ask God to lead Andrew
to heaven
Spc. Andrew C. Wilfahrt, age 31, of Rosemount, Minn., died Feb. 27, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. 


He was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Andrew Wilfahrt was gay and was concerned about homophobia in the Military. It is time that all of this anti-gay nonsense stops in the Military and that gay men and women in the Armed Forces are acknowledged for their contribution to the U.S.A. and to freedom. God knows, they die for their country.   



Family members described Andrew as a "kind and gentle soul". 


Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Andrew C. Wilfahrt is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Georg Kurat

German soldier Georg Kurat was killed on February 21, 2011, in Afghanistan.

He was born in Munich, was unmarried and had no children.  But he had loving relatives and friends. 

After training as a technician, he joined the military in July, 2009. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Georg Kurat is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Konstantin Menz

German Soldier Konstantin Menz, age 22, was killed on February 18, 2011, in the province of Pol-i Khomri, Afghanistan.

An Afghani soldier opened fire onto several German soldiers, killing them.

He was born in Backnang, was unmarried and had no children.  But he had loving relatives and friends.


He joined the German Army in 2008 as a basic military service conscript and was deployed as a driver. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Konstantin Menz is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Georg Missulia

Jesus, pray for Georg
German Master Sergeant Georg Missulia, age 30, was killed on February 18, 2011, in the province of Pol-i Khomri, Afghanistan.

An Afghani soldier opened fire onto several German soldiers, killing them.

He was born in Krasnoyarsk. He served in international missions in Macedonia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Georg Missulia leaves behind to mourn him his loving wife Heidi, his little daughter Annika, parents, in-laws, brother, grandparents and many more.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Georg Missulia is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Johnathan W. Taylor

Cpl. Johnathan W. Taylor, age 23, died February 22, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when a bomb blew up beneath his feet. 

Johnathan Taylor was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He had four deployments with a Marine combat unit in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Loving family members and friends described him as "once a marine, always a marine", as sharing towards his Marine comrades, as remembering of his fallen comrades, and uncomplaining. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Johnathan Taylor is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jerome Firtamag

Staff Sgt. Jerome Firtamag, age 29, of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, died from cancer, on February 24, 2011. 

Jerome Firtamag was an avionic radar repairer assigned to Bravo Company, 96th Combat Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

He joined the Army in March 2003 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2007. 

His awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Army Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Jerome Firtamag is survived by his wife, Kimberley Firtamag of Hopkinsville, Ky.; father, John Firtamag and mother, Ruth Giyeg both of San Antonio, Texas.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jerome Firtamag is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Andrew P. Carpenter

Lance Cpl. Andrew P. Carpenter, age 27, of Columbia, Tenn., died Feb. 19, 2011, of wounds received Feb. 14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He was shot in the neck by a sniper. His parents had to decide to disconnect him from life support. His wife was advised not to travel due to the late stage of her pregnancy. 

St. Jude pray
for Andrew
and all soldiers
He is survived by numerous loving relatives including his mother and father, Cindy and Kevin Carpenter and his wife, Crissie, nine-months pregnant with their first child.

Family members described Andrew as a hero who gave his life for his country and was doing what he wanted to do. 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for soldiers in war. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Andrew P. Carpenter is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Giorgi Avaliani

Georgian armed forces member, Corporal Giorgi Avaliani, was killed in Afghanistan on February 22, 2011, due to a land mine blast. 

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Republic
Giorgi Avaliani was serving in the 32nd Battalion in the province of Helmand within the ISAF peacekeeping mission. The corporal had been enrolled in the armed forces since 2008. 

During his service, he was awarded with the Service Medal for Combat Wounds.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Giorgi Avaliani is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Robert C. Sisson Jr.


Sgt. Robert C. Sisson Jr., age 29, of Aliquippa, Pa., died Feb. 21, 2011, in Kandahar district, Afghanistan, in a non-combat related incident. 

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Sgt. Sisson joined the Army in September 2004 and was deployed to Iraq in March 2008 for a full year. He had been in Afghanistan since July 15.

Sgt. Sisson received a dozen awards during his service, including two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal and an Iraq Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Robert C. Sisson Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Daren M. Hidalgo

1st Lt. Daren M. Hidalgo, age 24, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, died Feb. 20, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. 
Jesus, ask your
Father to take Daren
into Heaven
and all innocent
soldiers with him

He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.  After high school, Daren Hidalgo received a U.S. Military Academy appointment to West Point.

Daren Hidalgo graduated from the military academy in 2009 and then completed a year's worth of training before heading to Afghanistan. 

Family members describe him as hard working and willing to take on a challenge, kind-hearted and the "sparkle in everyone's eye."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Daren M. Hidalgo is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Christoffer P. Johnson

Airman 1st Class Christoffer P. Johnson, age 20, of Clarksville, Tenn., died Feb. 17, 2011, in southwest Asia, in a non-combat related incident. 

He was assigned to the 423rd Security Forces Squadron, Royal Air Force Alconbury, England.

He is survived by his parents, Marcus and Julee Johnson, along with two siblings, Katelyn and Seth Johnson. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christoffer P. Johnson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Monday, February 21, 2011

Matthew J. Deyoung


Sgt. Matthew J. Deyoung, age 26, of Talent, Oregon., was killed in a hostile incident on Feb. 18, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was assistant team leader assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. He joined the Marine Corps in November 2004 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on June 1, 2008. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2006 to August 2006 and again from October 2007 to May 2008. Most recently, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2010.

Michael, Prince in Heaven,
pray for  Matthew

His awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Matthew Deyoung is survived by his wife, Aisha, and daughter, McKenzy Janae.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matthew J. Deyoung is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Bradley C. Hart

Staff Sgt. Bradley C. Hart, age 25, of Perrysburg, Ohio died February 17, 2011, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa, of injuries sustained in a non combat incident, while performing his military duties. 

Sgt. Bradley was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Sergeant Hart was born June 18, 1985, in Perrysburg to Charles and Darlene Hart and graduated from Penta Career Center in Perrysburg Township. He enlisted in the Army as a mechanic in August, 2003. He attended basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and volunteered for airborne training and the Ranger program at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2004. After his training, he was assigned as a paratrooper and mechanic in Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. Over the next four years, Sergeant Hart served as the noncommissioned officer in charge and as a recovery vehicle operator. He was deployed for a year in Afghanistan, where he received the Army Commendation Medal for his actions.

In May, 2008, Sergeant Hart was assigned to the Special Operations logistics support element at Fort Bragg.
While there, he served as a vehicle maintenance sergeant and was called on to support different joint Special Operations task forces.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Katherine.  Family members stated that they are proud of Bradley and his service to his country.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Bradley C. Hart is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jonathan A. Pilgeram

Spc. Jonathan A. Pilgeram, age 22, of Great Falls, Montana, died February 17, 2011, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. 

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

He joined the Army in November 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010. His awards and decorations include: Afghanistan Campaign Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Infantryman Badge; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal; Army Commendation Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Jonathan Pilgeram is survived by his father Rodney L. Pilgeram and mother, Roberta L. Pilgeram both of Great Falls, Montana. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jonathan Pilgeram is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Clement Chamarier


French soldier, Clement Chamarier, age 19, was killed in Afghanistan on February 20, 2011, in an insurgent attack. 

He joined French troops deployed in Afghanistan on November 9th. 

Clement Chamarier, after six months of initial training, joined the 3rd company of the 7th BCA as an AT4 anti-tank gunner. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Clement Chamarier is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jamie Ronald Larcombe

Australian Sapper Jamie Ronald Larcombe, age 21, was killed on February 19, 2011, in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan. 

He was shot dead in the opening volleys from an enemy force that assaulted the Australian position with machine guns and rifles.  

Jamie Larcombe, described as "fun and loving" is the only son and oldest child of a close-knit country South Australian family.  He was mid-way through his first tour of Afghanistan and had been in the army for just three years. His only other deployment was to Sumatra in 2009 to help after the earthquake.

"His life ambition was to serve his country," the family said. "Jamie loved life and loved to give where he could. A dedicated brother, son and partner, he could always be relied on. Anyone who came in contact with Jamie grew to love him for his personality and great sense of humour. He will always be in our hearts."

Military officials stated that he was a dependable country boy with a keen sense of humour who was a team player, a quiet achiever who worked hard and was focused on getting the job done.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jamie R. Larcombe is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Corey Owens

Airman 1st Class Corey C. Owens, age 26, of San Antonio, Texas, died Feb. 17, 2011, due to a non-combat related incident at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. 

 He was assigned to the 47th Security Forces Squadron, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

Angel of God, light
Corey's way
to Heaven
Officials have described him as "the perfect Air Force cop", as Security Forces troops call themselves. Members of the Security Forces protect bases, aircraft and people. Officials also stated that “He just had a natural knack as a leader. Definitely a rare quality.” Others described Corey as “a guy you knew, just by looking at, that you could count on to protect and defend personnel, resources and aircraft.”  

On a six-month tour, Corey Owens deployed to Iraq this past December. He joined the Air Force in 2008 and trained to become an installation patrolman.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Corey Owens is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lashawn D. Evans


Spc. Lashawn D. Evans, age 24, of Columbia, S.C., died in the Baghdad province of Iraq, on February 15, 2011, in a non-combat related incident. 

Lashawn Evans was a petroleum supply specialist. He arrived at Fort Riley in July 2008. His unit deployed to Iraq in March 2010. This was his second deployment to Iraq.

Family members stated that he was a "very nice, honorable, sweet young man." "Shawn" Evans graduated from Richland Northeast High School, and entered the Army to support his wife of three years and 4-year-old daughter. Lashawn Evans' wife, Cierra, is also currently serving in Iraq.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Lashawn D. Evans is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Robert Wood


British Private Robert Wood, age 28, of the Royal Logistic Corps, was killed in a blaze on February 14, 2011, in Afghanistan. 

The cause of the fire, which took place in the workplace, is under investigation but is not thought to be the result of enemy action.

Pte Wood, known as "Woody", recently became a father to a boy, Noah, and was looking forward to returning to his family after his tour of duty. He was a driver port operator, posted to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, and lived in Marchwood in Hampshire.

His parents and partner, Rebecca, said: "Rob was an adored and adoring son, partner, and father to his baby son. We are so immensely proud of him and he will live in our hearts forever."

Colleagues described Pte Wood as a kind hearted man and proud new father. Military officials said that "Private Wood was a strong character with a sense of humour that shone through in the toughest of times. Immensely proud of his new son, Private Wood was also proud of his service in the Corps. An integral part of the squadron and excellent at his trade, he made a positive impact at whatever he turned his hand to. He will be sorely missed."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Robert Wood is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Dean Hutchinson


British soldier, Private Dean Hutchinson, age 23, died on February 14, 2011, in Afghanistan, in a fire.

The cause of the fire, which took place in the workplace, is under investigation but is not thought to be the result of enemy action.  

Dean was part of the Royal Logistic Corps.  Private Dean Hutchinson joined the RLC in 2004 as a Driver. He was also working as part of the Theatre Logistic Group’s Transport Troop at the time of his death.

His family said: “Dean was an amazing son, brother and boyfriend; we were so proud of him when he joined the Army, as were his family and friends, all of whom loved him very much. He will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Forever and always, we love you son.”

Military officials said: “Private Hutchinson was a soldier with a real zest for life and a razor like sense of humour. As a Geordie he was an immensely fun-loving person, fast talking and an avid Newcastle United football fan. He was hugely proud of his job and the fact that he was one of only a handful of soldiers qualified to operate the Rough Terrain Container Handler, a vital piece of equipment in the logistic support chain. Although he is now no longer with us his presence will be keenly felt by all that knew him. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and girlfriend at this very difficult time. “

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Dean Hutchison is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jukka Kansonen

Finnish soldier, Senior Lieutenant Jukka Kansonen (born in 1975), was killed on February 15, 2011, in a blast from an improvised roadside bomb, in Afghanistan.

The vehicle in which Lt. Kansonen was travelling was apparently toppled and rolled over in the explosion, which occurred while the troops were on their way to a shooting range. Lt. Kansonen was killed instantly in the incident.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jukka Kansonen is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Kirifi Mila

New Zealand Private Kirifi Mila, age 27, was killed on February 15, 2011, when his vehicle overturned on a cliff while on patrol in the province of Bamiyan, Afghanistan. 

Kirifi Mila was carrying out a routine patrol when the Humvee he was in left the road and crashed down a steep 30 metre cliff.  The accident happened near the village of Ferosak in the northeast of Bamiyan province.

Kirifi Mila, born in Samoa, was deployed to Afghanistan last year and is part of the 2nd 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment of the NZ Army based at Burnham Military Camp. He joined the NZ Defence Force in 2006 and was due to finish this current tour in April. 

Military officials said that Kirifi was a popular member of the unit, who was well known as a colourful character and would be sorely missed by his comrades.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Kirifi Mila is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Kyle Cleet Marshall


British Lance Corporal Kyle Cleet Marshall, age 23, from Colchester-based 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2011. 

LCpl Marshall was on an operation to improve security near the village of Padaka, in the Nahr-e Saraj district, when he was fatally wounded by a roadside bomb.

LCpl Marshall was originally from Newcastle but lived in Colchester.

He leaves behind his father Garry, his mother Olywn and his fiancée, Hayley, whom he was due to marry after the tour.

A statement from LCpl Marshall’s family said: “Kyle was a very lively, outgoing, loving and much-loved son. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. He was due to be married in July to his fiancée, Hayley. We take comfort in the fact that he is now with his granddad who died some years ago.”

Military officials said: “Lance Corporal Marshall was a seasoned professional on his second tour of Afghanistan. Always cheerful and enthusiastic, even in conditions of extreme adversity, he served as a fine example to the young soldiers in B Company. A natural leader, he was a resolute and determined man, full of courage and life; a true Paratrooper."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Kyle Cleet Marshall is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Crypt-keeper

Azrael - the Angel of Death -
always searching for the names
of the dead and finding them,
each and every day
When I do this blog, I feel like the Crypt-keeper, like a death-monger. 


I look for the names of the dead, their data and their photos. 


Cave man  - 60,000 years
ago or today's man?
In reality, each and every death that is posted on this blog is disturbing  to me. I am sorry for the deaths of young men and women in war and in conflict. I am sorry for those who have lost their lives in their youth. I am sorry for the deaths of others.  


These deaths are painful for everyone. These deaths signify that our civilizations have not progressed beyond the cave man era.  You hit me on the head.  I will hit you harder and kill you. 


God, the Father, help us. 


Apostles of Jesus - Pray for us
God, the Father, save us from ourselves.  


Jesus, ask your Father for peace in this world.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Conrad Lewis

British Private Conrad Lewis, age 22, of the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, died on February 9th, 2011, in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Pte Lewis was on a foot patrol designed to reassure the local population and gather census information in a small village north of the Nahr-e Bughra Canal. The patrol came under fire and, during the ensuing firefight, Pte Lewis suffered a serious gunshot wound.

Private Conrad Lewis, from 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was described by his family as someone who ''made you feel good about life. Conrad was an outstanding young man, with a character the depth of which you only truly find out in these sad circumstances. He was a warm-hearted, funny, kind, loving, handsome and clearly a brave young man.”

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Conrad Lewis is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Lewis Hendry

British Private Lewis Hendry, age 20, of the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, died on February 9th, 2011, in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Pte Hendry was on a foot patrol designed to reassure the local population and gather census information in a small village north of the Nahr-e Bughra Canal. The patrol came under fire and, during the ensuing firefight, Pte Hendry suffered a serious gunshot wound.

His parents said that he had a ''true heart of gold'' and a smile which ''lit up every room he walked into''.

Pte Hendry was born in Norwich and was educated at Northgate High School in Dereham.  He joined the Army in May 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in October.  He was an intelligence specialist who used "his considerable charm and sense of humour" to build relationships with the Afghan people. 

In a statement, his family said: "Lewis lived life to the full - and more! Words can't describe how much he will be missed. He was not only a soldier, a son, brother and grandson but a friend to all."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Lewis Hendry is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Nathan B. Carse

Specialist Nathan B. Carse, age 32, of Harrod, Ohio, died Feb. 8, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. 

Spc. Carse was assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.  Nathan Carse was a combat engineer with the battalion's 176th Engineer Brigade.

Nathan Carse joined the Army in February 2010, and his first active duty assignment was at WSMR after completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He was deployed to Afghanistan in September. From Harrod, Ohio, Nathan Carse earned a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences from Capital University, in Bexley, Ohio, and a master's degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University. He is survived by his mother and two sisters.

His military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. He will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Nathan Carse is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Patrick R. Carroll

Sgt. Patrick R. Carroll, age 25, an intelligence soldier based at Fort Bragg, was killed on February 7, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was from Norwalk, Ohio, and was assigned to the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Patrick R. Carroll is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

David Hillman


David Hillman, a Western New York native, was killed earlier this week (week of Feb. 7, 2011), when an explosion occurred at the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was working as a border mentor and adviser. 

He was a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection worker who began his career in Buffalo, New York and later moved up the ranks. He had left Buffalo a number of years ago to advance his career with the Customs and Border Protection.

David Hillman began his career with the U.S Customs Service in 1973 and served in various assignments, including customs inspector, supervisor, program manager, and, prior to his retirement in 2009, port director at the Halifax International Airport in Canada.  He had retired with more than 30 years of Federal service. 

David Hillman was continuing to serve his country by contributing his vast knowledge and experience, working as a border mentor and adviser in Afghanistan, said officials. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that David Hillman is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Aaron M. Swanson


Lance Cpl. Aaron M. Swanson, age 21 of Jamestown died in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on February 7, 2011, of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb.

He was a rifleman assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve from Buffalo. The unit of approximately 120 reservists was activated last May and deployed late last summer. This was the infantry company's second tour in the war zone since 2005 when it was sent to Iraq. 

Aaron M. Swanson joined the Marine Forces Reserve, hoping it would give him some direction. He was raised in Lakewood, a small village of 3,200 people on the south end of Chautauqua Lake. In 2007, Aaron Swanson graduated from Southwestern High School, where he ran track and played football during his senior year.

He joined the reserves on May 18, 2009 and was assigned to India Company. He went through basic training, then returned to JCC to pursue a degree in criminal justice, when he was called to active duty last May.  Aaron deployed in August and was promoted to the rank of lance corporal in December.

His personal awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the NATO Medal-International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan.

In addition to his stepmother Julie, Aaron Swanson is survived by his father, Gene; his mother, Michelle Ford; two brothers, Luke and Benjamin; and two sisters, Torianna and Kiersten.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Aaron M. Swanson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lucas T. Pyeatt

Cpl. Lucas T. Pyeatt, age 24, died in Afghanistan on February 5, 2011.  Luke was from Newport News, Virginia. 

Family members stated that "Our son Lucas Todd Pyeatt was lost in action near Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Saturday morning, February 5th, 2011. Luke was a member of the USMC 2nd Radio Battallion, stationed at Camp Lejuene, NC. A proud Marine, Luke loved his family, friends and Marine Brothers and Sisters and would want us to remember all the good times and hard times we had together. God bless you, and please don't forget the sacrifices all these outstanding young women and men are making on behalf of our country."

Angel Moroni,
pray for Lucas,
that he is
with God
He fell in love with orchestra music when he began playing the string bass. As a middle school student, he taught himself sign language to communicate with a deaf classmate. But his interests eventually turned to the Marines, a career that brought great personal satisfaction and family pride, but one that ultimately cost his life.

"When I tell you he meant everything to us – I know parents say that all the time, but it's so hard to believe he's not here anymore," said his mother, Cindy. "To say that he left a hole in our family doesn't even touch it. We are so broken inside."  Pyeatt planned to stay in the Marine Corps for five years and had set his sights on being a Navy SEAL, said his sister, Emily Smalley.  Lucas Pyeatt and his family moved to Newport News in 1995. His father is Lon Scott.  Lucas attended Hines Middle School and Woodside High School, where he graduated in 2004. He was an Eagle Scout and a Civil War buff, spending time at Endview Plantation. 

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he began a mission to St. Petersburg, Russia, which was cut short due to health problems. But he continued to serve his church.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Lucas T. Pyeatt is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Colin Beckett

British Warrant Officer Class 2 Colin Beckett, age 36, Company Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, died in the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when a home-made explosive device went off on February 5, 2011.

He was deployed on an operation to protect a village from Taliban insurgents when the device blew up.

His widow, Rachel Beckett, who is expecting their first child later this month – a little girl already named Freya – led tributes to the dedicated soldier, who was known in the Army as Tom.

She said: “Anyone whoever met or knew Colin ‘Tom’ would have been touched by him in a big way and he will never be forgotten. He was a fantastic soldier, a great son, a good brother and friend and a truly special husband. My bestest friend, my soul mate, my absolute world."

Company Sergeant Major Beckett, who was due home in a couple of weeks, also leaves his parents Del and Kim. He joined the Paras in 1990 where he demonstrated a natural talent in the Anti-Tank Cadre. He continued to develop his specialism, leading anti-tank soldiers at nearly every rank. His leadership skills were quickly identified and he moved up the ranks as he was deployed to Northern Ireland and Kosovo. He served as an Anti-Tank Section Commander in Iraq in 2003 but was promoted before his first tour of Afghanistan in 2006 to Platoon Sergeant. In 2009 he was made a Warrant Officer Class 2 and the Company Sergeant Major in the vital build up to his posting to Helmand in October 2010.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Colin Beckett is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

David Dalzell

British Ranger David Dalzell, age 20, of 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, died on February 4, 2011, in an operational accident in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was accidentally shot by a colleague, apparently during the cleaning of their rifles. 

David was from Northern Ireland. 

Ranger Dalzell's parents, Gordon and Susan, said: "David was a loving and caring son and he was very proud to be a soldier. We are very proud of David as a son and he leaves behind a void that will never be filled. He will be missed by his brothers Gareth, Mark and Stewart and sisters Kelly, Catherine and Rachael."

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that David Dalzell is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ryan A. Gartner

Army Spc. Ryan A. Gartner, age 23, of Dumont, N.J., died on February 2, 2011, of wounds sustained in a noncombat incident, in Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 201st Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was on his second deployment. He is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas and lived in Dumont, New Jersey. 

Ryan left Dumont High School before his scheduled 2005 graduation, then enrolled in a National Guard youth program. He earned a GED and graduated from the program in 2004.

Ryan Gartner planned to leave the Army after his second tour’s scheduled end in March.

He is survived by his father, step-mother, grandmother, brother and sister and numerous other loving relatives. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Ryan A. Gartner is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Friday, February 4, 2011

Richard Edward Atkinson

Australian Corporal Richard Edward Atkinson, age 22, of the Darwin-based 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, was killed on February 2, 2011, in Afghanistan, by an explosive device.

He was serving with Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force 2, on a foot patrol with the Afghan National Army in the Tangi Valley in southern Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, when the explosion occurred. 

Richard Atkinson was born in Tasmania and was on his first deployment to Afghanistan.  He leaves behind a fiance, parents in Tasmania and a brother in Western Australia.

Corporal Atkinson's family has released a statement saying he was a dedicated soldier who was looking forward to visiting his family in Tasmania at the end of the year.  They say he will be remembered as a funny man who always put smiles on other people's faces.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Richard Edward Atkinson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Omar Soltero

Spc. Omar Soltero, age 28, died on January 31, 2011, in the Wardak province of eastern Afghanistan after insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment,4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

His family says Omar never wanted anyone to be concerned about his safety. He always told his mother - "It's okay mom."

Omar loved track and cross country in high school and made friends easily.  "If you shook his hand, he took you as a friend.", said relatives.

Omar was one of four children and had two young boys of his own. His family says he was a good father and was planning to come home on leave in May for his 29th birthday.

Omar also served two tours in Kosovo. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Omar Soltero is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joshua R. Campbell

Spec. Joshua R. Campbell, age 22, of Bennett, Colorado, was killed on January 29, 2011, in the Helmand province of Aghanistan when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade at Fort Bragg.

Joshua Campbell entered the Army in February 2008 and was assigned to his brigade in December 2008. He served as a heavy wheel vehicle driver and deployed in October 2010. This was his first deployment.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Joshua R. Campbell is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen